Apply for International Admission

Step 1: Apply for Admission at Hawkeye

Complete an Application for Admission.

If your goal is to eventually complete a Bachelor’s Degree in the United States, please list your major as Liberal Arts Transfer.

Step 2: Academic Requirements

English Proficiency

Students from countries where English is not an official language

International students from countries where English is not an official language, must submit official TOEFL or an Alternative English option for acceptance. Official means the testing company must send the scores directly to the college.

Students from countries where English is an official language

Students who are citizens from following countries where English is an official language are not required to submit proof of English proficiency:

  • Australia
  • Bermuda
  • British West Indies (Anguilla, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Montserrat, Turks and Caicos Islands)
  • Canada (English provinces only)
  • Channel Islands (Alderney, Brechou, Guernsey, Herm, Jethou, Jersey, and Stark)
  • Commonwealth Caribbean (Antiqua and Barbuda, the Bahamas, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, Jamaica, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, and Trinidad and Tobago)
  • Falkland Islands
  • Federated States of Micronesia
  • Grenada
  • Guam
  • Ireland
  • Malta
  • Marshall Islands
  • Mauritius
  • Nauru
  • New Zealand
  • Papua
  • Singapore
  • Solomon Islands
  • St. Christopher
  • United Kingdom (England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland)
  • U.S. Virgin Islands (Saint Croix, Saint John, Saint Thomas)

Students who are citizens from the following countries may be considered for a waiver by presenting either your high school records* or proof of completing at least one university-level English course at an accredited U.S. College or University**:

  • Belize
  • Botswana
  • Fiji
  • Gambia
  • Ghana
  • Guyana
  • Kenya
  • Lesotho
  • Liberia
  • Malawi
  • Natal
  • Nigeria
  • New Guinea
  • Philippines
  • Sierra Leone
  • South Africa
  • Tanzania
  • Uganda
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe

* High School records: For the countries that require students to pass national exams, such as Nigeria, graduates must submit official national examination results. Example: West African Exam Council, Nigerian Examinations Council (NECO), Kenya National Examination Council (KNEC). The results should have a mark of "Credit" or "Pass" or have a grade of "C" or above in the English course.

** University-level English: Provide proof of completing at least one university-level English course at an accredited U.S. College or University. You must submit an official college transcript from your college directly to Hawkeye Admission’s Office.

Reading, Writing, and Math Proficiency

Assessment scores in reading, math, and writing will be used to place you in coursework at Hawkeye.

Please submit SAT, ACT or other standardized test scores you’ve taken. If you have not taken a standardized test and you are not a transfer student, you will be required to test upon arrival with ACCUPLACER (reading and writing) and ALEKS (math) assessments.

Your TOEFL and ACCUPLACER assessment requirements may be waived if you have successfully completed all of the following college level courses at an accredited United States Educational Institution:

  1. English Composition course (face-to-face),
  2. Transfer level Math course, and
  3. College level Reading course (face-to-face).

These requirements will be waived only after Hawkeye Community College has received and evaluated an official transcript from the issuing institution.

Your assessment results must be sent directly from the testing company to Hawkeye Community College Admissions to be official. Please request these early.

Step 3: Submit Documentation

Submit the following documents via email or secure upload. All documents must be in English.

  1. Secondary school transcript/certificate. See Foreign Diploma and Transcript Evaluation.

  2. A scanned color copy of the ID/photo page in your current passport.

  3. Your F-1 Visa page if you are a transfer student

  4. Two months of bank statements dated within the past three months showing a balance of $20,037 USD (minus any scholarships you have been offered by Hawkeye within the last three months). Visit for a currency converter.

    • The bank statement must include an official bank stamp verifying authenticity.

    • The owner of the account (if not the student) needs to and complete accordingly in conjunction with the student.

Email your documentation to or securely upload your documents via the International Student Application Documents form.

Also see International Student Cost of Attendance.

Step 4: Your Admission Acceptance Notification

After we have received and reviewed your application materials and an admission decision has been made, we will notify you of your acceptance status to the email provided in your application.

Hawkeye Community College will consider admission to international student applicants under the age of 18 on a case-by-case basis.

Step 5: Certificate of Eligibility (Form I-20)

Once you have been admitted you will be provided your Certificate of Eligibility (Form I-20).

To apply for an F-1 student visa you will need to take your Form 1-20 and any other required materials for your visa appointment to a United States Embassy or Consulate in your home country. The F-1 student visa is required for you to enter the United States as a student.

Check the website of the Embassy or Consulate office you will visit for specific requirements needed to apply for an F-1 student visa.

International students are required to attend the educational institution designated on the Form I-20 and are expected to complete at least one semester at that institution prior to requesting transfer to any other educational institution.

If you choose to attend another institution after Hawkeye Community College has issued a Form I-20, you will need to contact us immediately so that it may be corrected in SEVIS.

Entering the U.S. for the first time as an F-1 Student?

If you are coming from home, after you have been admitted and received the form I-20, it is a requirement to pay the SEVIS fee prior to your visa appointment.

After the payment is processed, you will receive a receipt which you need to print out since it may be requested at the port of entry in the United States. The receipt is available only immediately after the payment is complete, and you will not be able to reprint it again.

Schedule a Visa interview and take the SEVIS 901 fee receipt to the Visa appointment.

Transferring from another U.S. Institution?

Official transcripts from all previous U.S. higher education institutions will be required for acceptance to Hawkeye Community College.

Print a School Transfer Form and have your current institution’s International Student Advisor/Designated School Official fill out the form and return it to the address listed on the form.

All financial obligations must be satisfied (your bill must be paid in full) at your current school prior to being issued an I-20 by Hawkeye Community College. An official college transcript is required.

Step 6: Health Insurance

International students who attend Hawkeye Community College are required to have U.S. health insurance as a condition of enrollment. Students are automatically enrolled per attending and are charged at the beginning of each semester. Students are required to continue insurance during the summer break if returning the following fall semester (even if they are going home).

You will sign a Health Insurance Enrollment form at International Student Orientation.

Important Deadlines

Term Student Type Acceptance Deadline Term Start Date *
Fall Term (August – December) New F-1 June 30 August 16, 2023 *
Transfer F-1 July 31
Spring Term (January – May) New F-1 October 31 January 8, 2024 *
Transfer F-1 November 30

* All international students must arrive to campus prior to the Term Start Date. Late start acceptance and enrollment is not an option for international students. See Registering for Classes.

If you are applying from your home country, please start the process early. You will need to plan ahead for visa appointments and travel arrangements.

Contact Information

International Student Admissions and Services

Mailing Address

Hawkeye Community College
International Student Admissions and Services
1501 East Orange Road
P.O. Box 8015
Waterloo, IA 50704-8015

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